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 Friedrich Gauwerky, Ian Pace, Peter Sheppard Skærved
 Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Chamber Music
 Year released: 2003
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This is an impressive and important recording of chamber music by Germany’s classically inspired Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1918-1970).

Zimmermann had a profound interest in the historical connections and contrasts between composition, drawing, philosophy, literature and music. This influenced his composing and his studies of musical time. Inspired by visual art he created musical collages in which quotations from both European and non-European music are moulded into a colourful, contemporary musical idiom. Zimmermann’s music is pluralistic, consisting of layers of past and present.

Zimmermann described his solo pieces as compact musical images of loneliness and silence, devoid of superficialities. The performer is forced to tread a risky path between the message to be communicated and the practicability of the performance. Peter Sheppard Skærved, Friedrich Gauwerky and Ian Pace manage to convey this tension in a highly expressive manner.

Friedrich Gauwerky was born in Hamburg and made his public début there at the age of twelve. From his base in Cologne he pursues an active career as a soloist and chamber musician. He has played with Rheinisches Kammerorchester and the Ensemble Modern, taught at the Darmstadt courses and at the University of Adelaide. He regularly gives masterclasses in Australia, New Zealand, Holland, in Cambridge, and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Gauwerky has previously released a solo CD on Albedo.

Peter Sheppard Skærved (1966-) graduated from the Royal College of Music in England in 1989, making his public début at the London Barbican centre in 1991. He has premiered over 150 new works, including compositions by Michael Finnissy, Sadie Harrison, Hans Werner Henze, David Matthews and Dimitri Smirnov. He has made solo recordings, recorded with the Kreutzer Quartet, and on the Chandos, Metier, Carlton and Naxos labels. Skærved gives masterclasses around the world. He is a professor and researcher at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and a guest professor at the Xinjiang Academy in Urumchi, China.

Ian Pace (1968-) studies at the Chetham’s School of Music, Queen’s College, Oxford, and was a Fullbright scholar at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Since 1993 he has been based in London. Pace leads an active international career, focusing on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. He has premiered a great number of works by composers including Richard Barrett, James Dillon, Brian Ferneyhough and Gerhard Stäbler. Pace has made a number of recordings for Metier and NMC. In addition, Ian Pace writes regularly on contemporary music topics.

Peter Sheppard Skærved, violin
Friedrich Gauwerky, cello
Ian Pace, piano
1. Intercomunicazione per violoncello e pianoforte (1967)
2. Capriccio, Improvisations on Folk Song Themes for piano (1946)
3. Sonata for violin solo (1951)
4. Four short studies for violoncello solo (1970)
5. Présence. Ballet blanc en cinq scènes pour violon, violoncelle et piano